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Dubious results expose EC to glare of public scrutiny

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3 minutes ago, BobbyL said:

It is just embarrassing.  

now we understand why they didn't want foreigners supervising the election, they don't understand if they had the foreigners supervising their cheating wouldn't raise so many questions by declining to allow the supervisors already started raising questions about the fair and square process

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23 minutes ago, BobbyL said:

It is just embarrassing.  

Not for me, though there are some on here that hero worship the present regime that should be embarrassed, but they wont be!

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The CSI LA Facebook page has lots of irrelguarities. Looks like a stolen election to me. They are really playing with fire. The younger voters are pissed off.

 

Personaly, I stay out of it and just observe. Discussing politics with thai is something I simply try not to do. If they want to talk about it its up to them. And its been the younger people who has been outspoken and as I say, pissed off.

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Spotlight on EC after dubious results

By KAS CHANWANPEN 
THE NATION

 

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Election Commission secretary-general Jarungwit Phumma, left, along with his deputy Nath Laosisawakul, announces the unofficial results of Sunday’s general election yesterday at the Government Complex in Bangkok’s Chaeng Wattana Road.

 

Jarungvith blames ‘human error’ as social media erupts with ridicule.
 

THE INTEGRITY of the Election Commission (EC) has come into question with people asking if the vote tally has been free and fair.

 

It is also being roasted for confusing and contradictory results released through its Rapid Report system on Sunday night. 

 

A vote tally showing the pro-junta Phalang Pracharat beating former coalition leader Pheu Thai raised many eyebrows and triggered queries on issues such as votes that far exceeded the turnout in many constituencies and the unusually high count of spoiled ballots – 2 million. There was also public frustration at the agency’s decision to postpone the announcement of the poll results to Monday, backtracking on its earlier promise to complete 95 per cent of vote counting by Sunday evening. 

 

The public was also not amused when EC president Ittiporn Boonpracong quipped he could not tell how many voters had turned up because he did not have a “calculator” at his disposal. 

 

The top hashtags trending on Twitter with over 1.4 million tweets were “EC Busted” and “Election Fraud 2019”. As of 7pm yesterday, about 600,000 people had signed a change.org petition to have the election commissioners removed for failing to hold a free and fair election. 

 

Meanwhile, the EC put the criticism down to misunderstandings, claiming that there were human errors in the unofficial poll results issued via its Rapid Report system. 

 

As for areas where the turnout and vote tally did not add up, EC secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma blamed the discrepancies on officials entering incorrect numbers in the system. He said official reports from all constituencies would be handed over to the EC today and the data made available by Friday, though official results will only be released within May 9. 

 

EC warns on speculation

 

As for media speculation over the number of seats won by each party, Jarungvith warned that these figures might not match the reality. He said seat allocations could not be finalised until the EC has cleared all irregularities and complaints, and held by-elections if necessary. 

 

“The party-list MPs can change all the time until then,” Jarungvith said. As for the ballots from advance voting in New Zealand, which missed Sunday’s counting, Jarungvith said the EC has yet to make a decision on this matter. 

 

The ballots were delivered to the EC yesterday.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30366538

 

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-- © Copyright The Nation 2019-03-26

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23 minutes ago, Samui Bodoh said:

"...THE INTEGRITY of the Election Commission (EC) has come into question with people asking if the vote tally has been free and fair..."

 

Yes, it seems that many people are asking if it was 'Free and Fair'...

 

Countries, societies, polities don't fare well when citizens do not believe official bodies regarding elections.

 

Personally, I think it might be time for expats to stock up on groceries and keep one's head down for a bit...

 

 

"Personally I think it might be time...to keep one's head down for a bit..'

 

Excellent advice.

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12 hours ago, nong38 said:

BBC reported a 64% turnout, I was under the impression that Thai HAD to vote unless they had a good reason not to so where are the other 36% (?) of votes?

 

If they don't vote they lose the rights to run as councillors or MPs for a few years. Some said the 64% seemed too low compared to 87% for advanced voting the week before But advanced voters are keen, having to register early 

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Vote buying was rife here guaranteed outside observers were turned down and the EC bought out the result could have been announced 2 months ago🤔

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

THE INTEGRITY of the Election Commission (EC) has come into question

Should have allowed alcohol, ... now there is nothing else to blame but yourself. :clap2:

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